Orville NundahlOrville Nundahl, 91, of Oakes, ND, passed away November 30, 2012 at the Oakes Community Hospital.
Orville was born in Perry, North Dakota on Easter Sunday, March 27, 1921. He was the second of four children born to Christian and Mathilda Nundahl, and they lived in a house Christian built on a farm about 1½ miles north of Rutland. Orville’s father, Christian managed elevators and their family moved several times living in Ransom, Jamestown, and Cayuga, before settling in Oakes in 1931 when Orville was 10 years old. Orville attended the Oakes Public School and joined the Army in October of 1940. During his 5 years in service, Orville was stationed at Fort Francis E. Warren in Wyoming, Fort Lewis in Washington, Camp Carson in Colorado, and in New Port News, Virginia. He was a member of the 188th Field Artillery Regiment and then the 98th Field Artillery Battalion, which was converted to the 6th Ranger Battalion and they led the invasion of the Philippines. Orville was honored with the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal, American Defense Service Medal, a WW II Victory Medal, a Combat Infantry Badge, two Bronze Stars, and was honorably discharged in September of 1945. Orville married Betty Borden of Hecla, South Dakota on June 5th, 1946. They made their home in Oakes, and were blessed with six children. Orville was very handy with machinery and worked as a mechanic for several years. He also tried some farming, and lastly worked for Shafer Seed Company for 28 years, retiring in 1986. He was a lifetime Member of the American Legion and was very proud of his Service for his country.